Roundtable on 'Effective Work with Volunteers'

25 Jun 2014

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On Wednesday the 25th of June a Roundtable organised by the UNDP/UNV Project ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan’ will gather to discuss with national partners a ‘Toolkit for Working with Volunteers’.

Volunteering is not an uncommon practice in Uzbek society. Historically, mutual assistance and good deeds in the development of mahallas, districts, cities and the country as a whole are integral parts of the culture and life of the people in Uzbekistan. The UNDP/UNV Project ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan’ is making efforts to further promote a comprehensive culture of volunteerism among organisations and volunteers. In this regard, the Project has produced the methodological material ‘Toolkit for Working with Volunteers’.

As a next step in this activity, the Project will hold a round table with the participation of NGOs, volunteers, and representatives of the private sector. The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss this document and collect feedback from interested parties for the further improvements required in the materials.

The Roundtable will be accompanied with a five to six week piloting of the developed material, with the condition of publishing them online and offline to ensure its wide accessibility to current and potential users.

The UNDP/UNV Project ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan’ plans to establish and implement a methodological base of volunteers’ activities in Uzbekistan, aimed towards better communication between volunteers and organisations. The materials proposed for the discussion at the round table will be another step in this direction, along with the already functioning web portal for volunteers and social innovators www.iAct.uz. It is assumed that this will become an additional mechanism for interaction between people and organisations, as well as for the promotion of volunteers’ activities for the sustainable development and prosperity of Uzbekistan.

In addition, this kind of interaction can serve as a mutually-beneficial terms of cooperation between volunteers wishing to gain experience in the organisation of their interest, and organisations that lack the volunteers to carry out their activities. Establishing this kind of cooperation within a clear and understandable framework for volunteers and organisations should strengthen the prestige of volunteerism in Uzbekistan, and make it more structurally organised.

For a while already the UNDP/UNV Project ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan’ is promoting social innovation and volunteerism in the country by offering innovative solutions to social problems, while generating interaction between different people and various organisations. For more information about the project, follow the link www.iact.uz.

The Roundtable will be held at the National Library of Uzbekistan on 25 June, from 10.00 to 13.00.

Contact person:

Bokhodir Ayupov, Project Manager, UNDP/UNV Project ‘Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan’ (tel: +99893 505 51 02, e-mail: bokhodir.ayupov@undp.org)